Form partnerships between U.S., Chinese and Arabic schools and classrooms

Critical Language Project
2 months 2 weeks ago
  Shi Cuilian (2016-2017), with assistance from Development Director Jennifer Hughes, will hold a Dragon Boat Festival at the Learning Community Charter School (LCCS) in New Jersey this spring. This event will give students and parents the opportunity to expand, broaden, and deepen their knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture and language. The festival will incorporate music, dance performances, arts, crafts, and food. Leading up to the event, fourth grade students will study a unit about the Dragon Boat Festival and its inspiration, poet Qu Yuan, and will collaborate with students from a school in Tianjin, China. The LCCS 4th Grade students will spend part of May creating projects about Qu Yuan while the Chinese student participants will create corresponding works about a noteworthy American poet. As part of the festival, LCCS will present their Qu Yuan projects and display those made by their Chinese peers. The LCCS Dragon Boat Festival project will culminate in a field trip for current Chinese language students.
Critical Language Project
1 year 1 week ago
As part of a cross-cultural Critical Language Project, TCLP Teacher Tamer Elsharkawy and his students explored Alexandria, Virginia. His students shared what they learned about Alexandria, Virginia with students in Egypt and in turn, students in Egypt shared what they learned from a field trip to Alexandria, Egypt. Both groups of students practiced their target languages of Arabic and English through the project.
Critical Language Project
1 year 1 month ago
  TCLP exchange teacher Chen Manman received a CLP grant to establish Culture Corners at her U.S. host school in Massachusetts, Walsh Middle School, and her home school, Nanjing Foreign Language School Xianlin Campus. Each school established a wish list of authentic learning materials based on their needs and sent the requested resources to each other to begin the set up of the Culture Corner. Ms. Chen hopes that the two schools can maintain communication through the culture corners by conducting joint activities each year. The collaborative partnership will continue over time to provide additional materials to enhance the spread of understanding of each culture and language.   As part of this project, Walsh Middle School held an opening ceremony to introduce this new resource to the student body. Students enrolled in Ms. Chen's Mandarin class prepared posters and booths with different cultural themes using the materials that they received for the Chinese Culture Corner from Ms. Chen's school in China. Other classes from the school attended the opening ceremony and learned about Chinese toys, paper cutting, calligraphy, traditional clothing, books, and how to use chopsticks. Students also prepared short videos of what they learned in their Chinese classes to share with visiting classes. More than 300 students attended the opening ceremony and learned more about Chinese language and culture. In addition, more than 8,000 Chinese students and teachers will benefit from the books and materials that Walsh Middle School sent to Nanjing Foreign Language School Xianlin Campus.
Conference
1 year 1 month ago
 The 3rd Annual TCLP Virtual Alumni Training Conference took place on February 24 and February 25, 2016   Alumni from China, Egypt, and the United States met for a two-day virtual conference on developing and delivering trainings for students and peers. Each day included presentations and scheduled time for Q&A.   The featured presentations were conducted by TCLP Alumni  Wednesday, February 24, 2016: Peer/Teacher Training TCLP alumni Chen Jinyun and Mohamed Mehanny (2013-2014) discussed how they have used their experiences from their time in the United States to develop and deliver trainings to their colleagues in China and Egypt.  Thursday, February 25, 2016: Student Training TCLP alumni Mohamed Hassan and Fu Ailing (2011-2012) discussed how they have used their TCLP experiences to develop unique student trainings after returning to China and Egypt.   Each day, the sessions lasted for an hour and included speaker presentations and group discussion. To view the recordings, click the links above.   Please view the attached flyer for further details about the the conference and biographies for the presenters.   The Teachers of Critical Languages Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and implemented by American Councils for International Education.
Critical Language Project
1 year 2 months ago
  TCLP Arabic Teacher, Hanan Gawdet, received a Critical Language Project Grant to give Southern Lehigh Arabic students from 7th -12th grade an opportunity to focus on “Ancient and Modern Egyptian Arts.”   First, the students (in 7th to 12th grades) studied and presented to the class in Arabic on Islamic Art, Ancient Egypt, and different cultures in the Arab world. This prepared the students for the class field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, funded by the CLP, where they did further research on related subjects. At the museum, the students were provided with a check list of scavenger hunt questions to answer for their class. Simultaneously, Ms. Gawdat’s class in Egypt took a virtual museum tour in Egypt via Skype, which allowed the them to learn about topics similar to her U.S. students. The Egyptian and American students shared what they had learned with each other using Skype.   After the field trip, the students shared information via a Power Point presentation with Arabic subtitles, photos, and video of their experience at a school assembly. In art classes, the American students also created Egyptian Sculptures and made a giant tapestry using Arabic and Islamic Art pictures that was hung at the entrance to the school.
Critical Language Project
1 year 3 months ago
  TCLP alumna teacher Li Qiong was awarded a Critical Language Project grant to conduct a sister school exchange project with Sonoran Trails Middle School in August 2015. This project was completed in conjunction with Cristina Ladas, the school’s World Language Coordinator. Twenty students from Ms. Li’s school visited the school in order to strengthen the sister school relationship and share Chinese language and culture. This visit coincided with the opening ceremony for the host school’s Chinese Language and Culture Club, which featured cultural performances and a ping pong tournament.
Conference
1 year 4 months ago
The 3rd annual TCLP Virtual Alumni Conference took place on December 10th and 11th, 2015. The topic for this year’s virtual conference was Building Sustainable Critical Language Programs.   The conference was organized with the purpose of offering strategies for making Arabic and Chinese programs sustainable after participating in TCLP. Some school district are undergoing budget cuts and participants discussed how to keep these critical languages going. Current and alumni TCLP schools met virtually during these recorded one hour-long sessions conducted by program alumni on each day.   Over the past few years, TCLP alumni schools have developed various models to successfully maintain their Chinese and Arabic language programs and provide consistent and enduring educational and social value for students after TCLP. During the 2015 Virtual Alumni Conference, U.S. host school alumni who have implemented creative ideas and practices to sustain quality critical language programs shared their experiences, offered advice, and answered questions.   Please see the attached announcement for more details about the guest speakers and their schools. To view the recordings please click the links below:   • Thursday, December 10th at 4:00 pm (EST) Featuring: Claudine Clark and Karen Wirkkala View the recording at: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/3249721-us-alumni-virtual-conference   • Friday, December 11th at 4:00 pm (EST) Featuring: Leah Christman and Jim Holifield View the recording at: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/3249726-us-alumni-virtual-conference-p...
Critical Language Project
1 year 4 months ago
TCLP Host School Alumna Veronique Lahey was awarded funding to create a collaborative learning environment between Mandarin students at Arlington High School in Massachusetts and Exchange Teacher Alumnus Yu Bo’s home school in China. To accomplish this goal, Lahey used an interactive whiteboard, blogs, and videoconferencing software to share student-created videos, facilitate virtual discussions, and assign chat buddies for all students. Lesson plans created through the project were shared on a blog as a model for other language teachers, in the hopes that they would consider reproducing the project at their schools.
Critical Language Project
1 year 4 months ago
At Sonoran Trails Middle School, TCLP Chinese Teacher Alumna Li Qiong received a grant to lay the foundation for a sister school connection between her host school in Arizona and her home school in Hubei, China. Sonoran Trails Principal Bill Dolezal traveled to China as a first time visitor with Li, who developed an itinerary with a travel company in China that allowed Principal Dolezal to meet with Chinese Principal Wang at her home school, No. 6 Middle School of Yichang. Li attended and facilitated the signing of sister school documents and served as Principal Dolezal’s tour guide during the trip. By obtaining personal buy-in from both principals, these two very different places were able to converge somewhere in the middle, giving students a real-life reason for studying Chinese (to be able to communicate with their sister school peers), and opening doors for future student, teacher and school leaders exchanges.
Critical Language Project
1 year 4 months ago
  TCLP Alumnus School, Lakes International Language Academy (LILA), received funding to help implement a CLP titled “Welcome, Friends!” in cooperation with Deyang Forest Language School in China. This project provided an exciting English-immersion learning experience for 22 visiting students from China and forged new international friendships. During a two-week summer camp on the school's campus, Chinese and American students strengthened skills in their respective target languages by speaking to one another in casual settings, traveling, and participating in fun activities.   LILA teachers gained experience in teaching English as a second language, which is a different but positive perspective than teaching immersion Spanish or Chinese to native English speakers. In addition, the host families in the community shared the language-learning experience, building interest in long-term hosting and cultural exchanges.The opportunity to meet and interact with Chinese guests helped expose the community to a different culture, celebrating diversity while appreciating their similarities. The positive and lasting impact of this project was visible in the progress that Chinese students made in building their English skills and the fast friendships that the Chinese and American students (and their families!) made during the camp. As a result of the project, LILA has strengthened the relationship with the school's sister school and helped introduce students and families in the community to a broader cultural experience.